The first Peony this year opened two days ago…

… as usual a little earlier than the others.

To make up for its lack of fragrance it has a wonderful double flower.

It is also slightly shorter than my other peonies, which means it stands up to wet and windy weather much better.

By the way, the common name for peonies in German (Pfingstrose) translates as Whitsun rose, as they usually flower at Whitsun. I have never heard a common name for them in the English language… Have you?